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EYOF 2015 – Ground-breaking for the Future
The atmosphere was buzzing at the final press conference of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Haus des Gastes, Schruns. Austria has already won eleven medals so far (as of Thursday night: four Gold, four Silver and three Bronze Medals).

“We have already equalled the score of eleven medals from Brasov 2013. Only Russia (second, 12 medals) and Germany (first, 15 medals) are ahead of us in EYOF 2015. In the unofficial ranking we are in third position. Everything has worked out in sports and in organisational matters. The cooperation with the Federal Armed Forces and the police is perfect”, explained ÖOC President Karl Stoss. 20.000 spectators have seen the competitions in the last four days.

Surfing on a Wave of Success

“We got positive feedback from all sides. For the first time two nations hosted the EYOF. Everything went well with this festival in Vorarlberg & Liechtenstein; I imagine this could also work for the traditional Olympic Games”, said Stoss. The numerous medals won right at the beginning launched enthusiasm in Austria. “We have been surfing on a wave of success throughout the whole week. We really staged a successful sport party. We may be rightly proud”, underlined ÖOC Secretary General Peter Mennel.

EOC President Patrick Hickey complimented the Organising Committee: “It has been a perfectly organised event with spectacular venues in beautiful surroundings.” During the conference, Raffaele Pagnozzi EOC Secretary General, introduced the host cities for the coming EYOF summer and winter festivals: Tiflis 2015, Sarajevo and Sarajevo East 2017, Györ 2017, Erzurum 2019 and Minsk 2019.

Motivation for the Future
The Sport Ministers of the two countries, Marlies Amann-Marxer (LIE) and Bernadette Mennel (Vorarlberg) spoke of unforgettable times. “The Gold Medal of Alpine Skier Pascal Fritz and the Silver Medal of Snowboarder Fabian Hartmann were the kick-off. Furthermore Katharina Liensberger won Bronze in yesterday’s Giant Slalom. I want to compliment all our medal winners; they will surely remember forever the Medal Ceremonies of the past days and draw a lot of motivation from it. Some might not have come up to their expectations, but in the future they will definitely benefit from their experiences at this big event”, said Mennel. The School Challenge, during which pupils competed each other in different sports at the original competition venues, was also a huge success.

EYOF: Enormous Image Benefits and Unforgettable Impressions
Amann-Marxer expects an image benefit for sport and tourism in Liechtenstein: “Everything was perfect: the Torch Relay with the schools from Liechtenstein and Vorarlberg, the impressive, colourful and entertaining Opening Ceremony with thousands of enthusiastic spectators, the special trains from Liechtenstein to Schruns and of course the competitions themselves.”

LOC President Leo Kranz thanked the 1.200 volunteers for their work: “They have been our visiting cards, they have created a special event for all persons involved. The atmosphere at the venues was amazing; everything was perfectly prepared. Now that we have precious liaisons to Vorarlberg, further projects may come.” On the sport side he was pleased with the performance of Silvan Marxer, who finished 15th in Slalom and thus marked the best result for Liechtenstein. “Our athletes have gained important international experience. I am sure they will keep unforgettable memories.”

Balanced Budget

EYOF2015 CEO Philipp Groborsch is satisfied: “I want to thank my team who did a great job. In addition to the successful handling of the festival we have reached a balanced budget and the costs under control.”
In total 6,5 million Euros have been estimated for EYOF.

Olympic Champions as Spectators
Numerous sport stars visited the EYOF. The Olympic Champions Toni Innauer, Ernst Vettori, Patrick Ortlieb and Hubert Strolz joined the Medallists Markus Prock, Edith Zimmermann-Rhomberg, Elisabeth Max-Theurer and Andrea Tagwerker; furthermore Patrick Küng and Marco Büchel were on site. For the closing day, Michael Walchhofer announced a visit tothe Alpine Skiing Mixed Team Event in St. Gallenkirch/Garfrescha.


Contact & Information

Europäisches Olympisches Jugendfestival Vorarlberg-Liechtenstein 2015 GmbH:

Batloggstraße 36, 6780 Schruns, Österreich
Philipp Groborsch, CEO
Mobile: +43 (0)664 60311 315
Phone: +43 (0)5556 73332-100, Fax: -101


Liechtensteinischer Olympischer Sportverband
Im Rietacker 4, 9494 Schaan, Liechtenstein
Robert Büchel-Thalmaier, General Manager
Phone: +423 232 37 57

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